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It All Starts With A Book

KinderCare believes all children should have access to books, both at school and at home.   Just spending a few minutes each day sharing a story with children in their earliest years sets the foundation for future educational success.  I know in my house we have a huge library.  However, it all starts with just one book.  A book ignites a child’s imagination, lays the foundation for future school success, and a book can spur a child’s motivation, confidence and curiosity in the world.

Did you know that as a nation…


· Two-thirds of 4th graders are below reading proficiency and 83% of low-income 4th graders are below proficient (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

·Some 42 percent of American children (31MM) lack the income to cover basic needs including child care and access to books (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

·In some of the lowest-income neighborhoods in the country there is only one book available for every 300 children. (University of Nevada Study)

·44 million adults in the U.S. can’t read well enough to read a simple story to a child. (National Adult Literacy Survey)

I’d like to change that.  How about you?  Read. Share. Give is a national book sharing program that kicked off in Denver on June 30th with a goal of “one million story times” this summer.  This summer you are invited you to READ and SHARE a book so that you can GIVE a book to those in need.  Here what to do:

•Pick a children’s book to read with your family

• Visit to download and print out a book label, enter the book’s code and start following your book’s journey

•Place the label into the inside front cover of the book and pass it on to family and friends to do the same

It is that easy!  The best is that more people who participate, the more books KinderCare will donate to Reach Out and Read!  Have fun with books this summer!


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Lisa Martin

Lisa Martin

In April 2006, Lisa began blogging to stay connected with distant relatives and friends. As she delved into blogging, she discovered the potential to assist others by sharing her experiences. Lisa has actively engaged in numerous exclusive media ventures. Notable among these are her participation in events such as the Sony Mommy Bloggers Event, the Pampers Mommy Bloggers Event, the Epson Event in Chicago, the Stouffers Event, a memorable yacht excursion with Lands End, collaborations with 1-800-Baskets, an exclusive tour for bloggers by Mrs. Prindable’s, partnerships with Hallmark, PopCap games, Chicago Cubs Mastercard Priceless Events, and Rug Doctor. In addition, she has collaborated with Nutrisystem on a weight loss initiative, teamed up with Buick and Chevy, and served as a brand ambassador for Sprint. Lisa's collaboration portfolio also extends to Disney, where she has participated in press trips for significant movies such as Frozen, Guardians of the Galaxy, McFarland USA, The Good Dinosaur, The BFG, and Cars 3. Notably, for projects like Frozen, The BFG, and Cars 3, she was granted the privilege of walking the red carpet and conducting interviews with celebrities. The impact of Lisa's blog has gained recognition, with The New York Times referencing her content. Moreover, she has been featured in interviews by respected publications such as the Southtown Star, The Chicago Sun Times, and inside.View Author posts

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